10 Great Survival Furniture Ideas Anyone Can Build

wooden chairs for outside

Furniture is one of those things that you take for granted until it is gone. Everyone who heads into the woods on a hunting or camping expedition and is forced to sit on a log, boulder or the hard yet strangely soggy ground knows what I’m talking about. Furniture helps us rest more comfortably but … Read more

Top 10 Methods to Remove a Tree Stump

hollowed-out tree stump

If you own property you will eventually have to deal with the problem of the stumps that trees leave behind once they are cut, or knocked, down. That is just the way it is. Due to accident, damage or deliberate intervention one way or the other trees will eventually give up the ghost and that … Read more

Attic Insulation Step-by-Step


Sprucing up and maintaining your home is often not associated with prepping, but when you stop to think about it, it is your home itself that is one, big container for all of your many preps. If the structural integrity of that container is breached, the contents within will be vulnerable to degradation and loss, … Read more

6 DIY Reflector Ovens that are Easy to Make

reflector oven on coals

A reflector oven is an antique cooking apparatus that are seeing resurgence today thanks to its adaptability, convenience, and overall efficiency. These used to be a staple for every work camp and an awful lot of kitchens across the nation, but as their use was replaced by modern contrivances, it looked like these handy contraptions … Read more

Root Cellar Basics: What You Need to Know

root cellar inside hillside

When it comes to food preservation we all have it pretty easy today. Refrigerators and freezers often take center stage in kitchens owing to these devices’ singular importance. Placing food inside either is an effortless way to extend its edible life by days, weeks or even months. Now you’re fresh food will last longer and … Read more

How to Dye a Backpack – Quickly and Safely

man wearing dark colored backpack

So the fateful day comes, and you are finally facing a true, prolonged SHTF situation. This is it, the big one. There’s just one problem: your bug-out bag, despite all of its better properties, is an entirely unsuitable bright and cheery color, one that is liable to attract attention, and get you spotted and subsequently … Read more

How Much Would It Cost to Dig a Well on My Own?


A well is a vital water resource that is absolutely necessary if you plan on living anywhere that does not have access to copious amounts of above ground freshwater or municipal water systems. Humans have been digging and drawing water from wells pretty much forever, and though we have it down to a science one … Read more

Digging Your Own Well: An Introductory Guide


I don’t think it is any sweeping assumption to say that everybody reading this article, right now, understands just how important water is to survival, and only a fool would not prioritize it as a resource in a survival situation. A short-term emergency or a long-term catastrophe makes no difference: You can only go without … Read more

Easy DIY Carpet Cleaner Recipe

DIY carpet cleaner

Stockpiling the ingredients to make a DIY carpet cleaner should be worked into every prepper’s budget. Cleaning your carpets might not initially sound like a priority chore on your survival plan list – but it should. The bacteria and germs lurking in carpets can spark or spread illness in a short amount of time. When … Read more

DIY Oil Lamp for Emergency Lighting

burning DIY oil lamp

No matter what type of SHTF you are prepping for, expect the power grid to eventually cease to function. Many preppers stockpile oil lamps, and that is a great idea, but learning how to make oil lamps yourself will allow you to put back even more off grid light sources for a fraction of the … Read more

Building Your Own Log Cabin

log cabin

by Ryan Building a log cabin is not complicated, but it is difficult. The work is back-breaking, and the process requires incredible tenacity. If you are doing the work by yourself, the build will take months and possibly years depending on how much free time you have to work on the project. That being said, … Read more

How to Make Clay for Survival Purposes


When you are faced with a survival situation where you have to bug out, you won’t be able to take all your containers, dishes, and tools with you. There just won’t be room in your backpack. Hopefully, you will have a bug out location already set up where you can store extra containers and tools, … Read more

How to Turn Salt Water into Drinking Water

sea water

Even though you can’t drink salt water, otherwise known as saline water, what you can do is turn it into fresh water, through a process called desalination. This process is being used more and more as a viable means to get freshwater for those who need it. It’s also very applicable in a survival or … Read more

How to Make Smoke Bombs

smoke bomb explosion

Disclaimer: the advice given in this article is for information purposes only. Before making smoke bombs, check the rules and regulations where you live. Always use protective equipment. Smoke bombs are a firework-like piece of equipment that, as the name suggests, will produce smoke once they are ignited. They have found a place in the military, with … Read more

Making Your Own Walking Stick

boots and a walking stick

by Pearl A walking stick serves a number of uses. It is often used in hiking, to help navigate uneven terrain. It can also be used by those injured and the elderly for support and balance. If you have a lot of miles ahead of you, using a walking stick will help you cover more ground … Read more

Keep Breath Fresh and Germs at Bay Post-SHTF with DIY Mouthwash


When planning for post-SHTF, a do-it-yourself (DIY) mouthwash recipe is one way to keep your breath fresh, keep nasty bacteria at bay, and help your gums and teeth stay healthy. Sure, your stockpile includes some store bought mouthwash, but that will eventually run out. Personal hygiene, especially oral hygiene, is still an important part of … Read more

Idea for silent alarm…..

A while back I wrote about an idea I had using small solar-powered lights to charge AA batteries. Works well and is inexpensive. Reader “Brad” sent me an email and gave me another idea. Use these lights as a silent alarm. Here is how it works: First – a solar light has its post removed … Read more

Emergency Roadside DIY Repairs

You’ve probably already read my review of the Paladin Go Bag and my use of it as an emergency roadside toolkit.  In all honesty, an emergency roadside toolkit is completely worthless, unless you know how to use it.  Today we’ll discuss a few problems which may occur while on the road, and how to correct … Read more